I've always been a fan of the phrase "burn the boat". I've used it frequently to describe actions I took in my own life to move forward.
But what's it mean?
The phrase to "burn the boat" is historical, tracing its roots back to 1519, when Hernán Cortéz led a large expedition, including 600 soldiers and 11 boats, to conquer Mexico. Upon arrival, Cortéz made history by destroying his ships. This sent a clear message to his men: There is no turning back. Either win or perish. Although you might assume that Cortéz’ men would have become despondent with no "worst case" strategy in place to save their lives, they instead rallied behind their leader and won.
At its essence, burning boats represents a point of no return, a psychological commitment where you recognize that you have crossed a line never to cross back. There is no hedging, no looking over your shoulder. Everything now—all thoughts and efforts—will be focused on succeeding in this new reality.
When it comes to making changes, all too often people hold onto the past for fear of the future. There's comes time, however, when you must burn your own boats if you want to move forward and get what you want. It's an important step, and I'm here to help you do so successfully, so that you do what you really want in your career and life.
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